Wallace got $30 million guaranteed.
He was willing to take $20 million guaranteed to stay last season. The Steelers went up to $18 mil.
So we lost him over $2 million. And in the process Wallace gained $10 million himself.
I hope he stays too, don't get me wrong.
but there is a point of diminishing returns. The steelers must decide where that line is if the pats decide to make an offer.
If The Patriots do offer Sanders an offer sheet, the Steelers have up to one week to match.
I think it would be a pretty significant blow to the offense if we lose Sanders. I see him as an up-and-coming producer in our offense now that Wallace is gone. It would not shock me if he was targeted 100+ times this season as a starter. That translates into a 65+ Catch, 900 yard, 6 TD season. And that's MINIMUM. If Brown started getting bracket coverage, Sanders could be targeted 120 times and have a 1000 yard season for us.
This offense (Haley or Arians) targets WR's. That's Roethlisberger's M.O. When you add up the targets, it's not going to be Plaxico and Cotchery that end up with Wallace's targets. It was Sanders in a big way.
It might be time to research the phone number of Randy Moss' agent..
guess the steelers have to show their hand.
I respect the Patriot's organization. They have a good eye for talent and that is why they stay in he playoffs despites a lot of turnover in their personnel. Sanders is a good, under-the radar- type of player. I thnik he is about ready to blossom, if he can stay healthy. So, I hope the Steelers don't lose him.
I would prefer to keep Sanders but under the circumstances their might not be too much the Steelers can do to prevent it since they are strapped with the cap.
Instead of worrying about this and how it affects the offense maybe we can try and find some positives, here is a few of mine.
1.Even if we were to keep Sanders with the tender we offered, he most likely would demand more next year especially if he has a good year. By doing this now we will save the tender we would of gave him and won't be hit as hard next year with the cap.
2. We still have Brown and two experienced receivers Plax and Cotchery and a extra pick in the draft this year, NE's third round pick.
3. Most likely we were going to draft a receiver before this happened the only difference is what round, now we may have to move up to round one or two at worst to get one capable of playing his first season.
4. The WR we draft will be more cap friendly now and next season, giving the Steelers more room to address some other needs.
Maybe some of you can come up with some positives, dwelling on any disappointments we may have won't do any good. The Steelers are changing as a team, and more changes are bound to happen next year as well, so we might want to embrace the change and hopefully these changes will be better in the long run.
It may take a few drafts to be a playoff team again, or that fine line we talk about might go our way this year. In any case some players we draft could speed up the process especially getting playing time this year.